In the interior design world Alberto Pinto has reached the same status as Dolce & Gabbana or Prada in the fashion industry: that of an unreachable icon, a guru, to whom the only rules that apply are his own. The opulence and elegance that ooze from his designs may not necessarily be to everybody’s taste yet one cannot overlook his superb attention to detail visible throughout, from inception all the way to delivery of the end result.
Often referred to as an inescapable actor of interior design, Pinto draws upon diversily rich cultural influeces that shaped his childhood, being born in Argentina to parents of Italian and French decent and having travelled extensively with a photography agency he established in New York until settling down in fabulously stylish Paris. In his work he seeks challenges that would intimidate even the most veteran professionals and doesn’t limit himself to one particular style. Quite on the contrary, he continues to blend “genders from more than baroque to less than bare” exhibiting passion for beauty, perfection and refinement – a quality that helped to elevate the status of his work to ‘haute interior design’.
Having designed numbers of villas, mansions, hotels, corporate spaces, and even yachts and jets, for industrialist, bankers, businessmen and royalty all over the world, working on a holiday retreat on a famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro must seem like a pleasant, recreational way to spend his pastime. But it is impossible not to notice how much thought, precision and hard work went into creating this space that becomes a marvelous homage to anthropology and the vigorous, zesty culture of Brazil. The dining room panels made from hundreds of farmed butterly wings so as to resemble feather capes of the native Tupinambá people is just an example of how meticulously Pinto plans and manages each phase of the design process.
*Source: Architectural Digest